Ancient Aliens – Area 52: Could Area 51’s notoriety act as a cover up to much bigger, top-secret extraterrestrial experiments taking place at multiple locations?
Ancient Aliens is an American television series that premiered on April 20, 2010, on the History channel. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment in a documentary style, the program presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. The show has been widely criticized by historians, cosmologists, archaeologists and other scientific circles for presenting and promoting pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudoarcheology.
Ancient Aliens – Area 52
Tonight’s episode, “Area 52,” is yet another in a growing string of recent episodes that focus on modern events rather than the show’s titular ancient history. As such, it is a boring episode for me. I have never been terribly interested in modern UFO conspiracies and listening to uninformed fantasists speculate about U.S. government activities is tiresome.
The first segment describes the CIA’s acknowledgement of the existence of Area 51 in 2013, which was somewhat anticlimactic since the base has been an obvious U.S. government facility and test site for decades. The CIA did not have anything to say about space aliens, and to my mind the fact that U.S. military tested planes at the site explains much of the so-called “UFO” activity at the site. The show repeats unproven claims by alleged Area 51 workers that the base reverse engineers crashed UFOs, but these are just stories, from people without facts.
Ancient Aliens sent Giorgio Tsoukalos—still described as the “publisher” of the defunct Legendary Times magazine, and still dressing as Indiana Jones on the brown acid—to Nevada to scope out Area 51. His elocution lessons seem to be taking hold, however, since his conversations about flying saucer research at Area 51 are much less accented than when he did similar field pieces for In Search of Aliens four years ago.
You can tell how interesting I found this speculation since I paid virtually no attention to the wild claims about whether Area 51 has been superseded by even more secret military installations, and whether Area 51 is now a “decoy” used to lure ufologists to the wrong location.